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Vegetable Gardening: Tiny ants in squash flowers

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Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

July 7, 2013
11:58 AM

Post #9590239

Some of my summer squash flowers have the tiniest ants I've ever seen crawling around in them. At least I think they are ants. Seem to have that shape, but they're too tiny to be sure. They're black. Does anyone know if they are harmful or helpful?



Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2013
12:13 PM

Post #9590265

Nor harmful but not really helpful. They are just harvesting nectar from the plant and may do some pollination while they are at it, but are not nearly as effective as bees or some of the pollinating flies.
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2013
11:23 PM

Post #9590971

I've got those on some pepper plants that are in pots. At least I think I do, lol they are so small I'm not positive they are ants.


Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 8, 2013
9:24 AM

Post #9591489

According to this link, ants range in size from 0.75 to 52 millimetres (0.0302.0 in)

Most ants are considered beneficial insects.

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